Numero Uno•   ID the phenomena from it’s numerous definitions.•   _____ is a kind of luminescence where light of a charact...
Answer• Scintillations!
Question 2•   ______ is a spin-out from the Stanford Research Institute International Artificial Intelligence    Center, a...
Answer• SIRI
Question 3• ID.
Answer• Malala Yousufzai
Question 4The word _______ itself is of uncertain origin. Two possibilities are   commonly proffered. It could come from a...
Answer• Polka Dots
Question 5•   Many nations of the Middle East and Central Asia claim _______ as their own, but    it is most likely that h...
Answer• Nasruddin Hodja
Question 6• Connect. Exhaustive List.
Answer• They’re all US Presidents who have won the  Nobel Peace Prize
Question 7• ID.
Answer• The McGrath Foundation
Question 8• The Economist is an English-language weekly  news and international affairs publication. Which  unexpected cou...
Answer• India. The Economist displays the actual  disputed boundaries of Kashmir, etc.• Actual quote from Economist:
Question 9The acronym X is an example of an empty  acronym, or one that does not stand for  anything. It was first introdu...
Answer• SAT
Question 10• The etymology of the word X can be traced  back to Sanskrit        , from Dravidian (Tamil  compound of      ...
Answer• Orange
Question 11• X is a video with 93 million+ views on Youtube and  16.6 million+ views on Vimeo. A poll suggested that  more...
Answer• Kony 2012
Question 12• Where did this bizarre hat make its  appearance? ID the wearer for brownie  points.
Answer• Princess Beatrice, at the Royal Wedding
Question 13• Tim Burtons Frankenweenie opens the 2012  London Film Fest, while Mike Newells  adaptation of Charles Dickens...
Answer• Helena Bonham  Carter of Bellatrix  fame, is Tim  Burton’s partner and  was the lead actress  in Great  Expectations
Question 14•   _____________ was born in Jerusalem, but her parents moved to the US when she was    three. She graduated f...
Answer• Natalie Portman
Question 15• X was born in 1983 and was very close to Y. X slept in the same  bedroom as Y, used Y’s toilet, ate at Y’s di...
Answer• X- Bubbles Y- Michael Jackson
Question 16Here are posters of two award winning films. What dubious achievement did the lead actress claim because of the...
Answer• Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for Best Actress  in The Blind Side and a Razzie for Worst  Actress in All About Steve...
Question 17• X Y was a pioneering American film and television producer, director,  writer, and actor. As an actor, he spe...
Answer
Question 18• The ___ jinx is an urban legend that states that individuals or teams who  appear on ____ will subsequently b...
Answer• Sports Illustrated
Question 19•   X was born in Y in 1951. His father owned a printing shop and as a boy X helped    him by cleaning the roll...
Answer• Tommy  Vercetti from  the GTA  universe
Question 20• Apparently the protagonist did not marry her, but  sexually assaulted her instead.• Later she gave birth to t...
Answer• Sleeping Beauty!
Question 21• X’s first ever Twitter post, sent in February  2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101  01100101 01101100 01101001...
Answer• “I’m feeling lucky” by Google.                      • On a side note, are any of you feeling                      ...
Question 22•   ____(X)____’s    al-Shabaab group banned    ______(Y)_____ sometime ago    because they felt that it was to...
Answer• Somalia and Samosas!
Question 23• In the jargon of the media-industry, "development hell" (or  "development limbo") is a period during which a ...
Answer
Question 24• X is the latest of its kind and more than 2100  Xs were given out this year. X weighs about  375-400g and dep...
Answer• Olympic Medals
Question 25• Which word now more associated with  political parties and the advertising industry  originated as a Scottish...
Answer• Slogan
Question 26
Answer• Google Doodles. The first doodle ever, and the  first ever interactive doodle respectively.
Question 27• _________ was born as Gnanadesikan in Pannaipuram, Theni  district, Tamil Nadu, on June 2, 1943. But when he ...
Answer• Y: “Ilaiya” X: “Raja”
Question 28Connect:• Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize• Simi Garewal• Wycleaf jean• Eminem• Aravinda de Silva
Answer• They all happened on this date (October 17th)
Question 29Connect:• Everybody• As Long as you love me• Baby one more time• Its my life• Since U Been gone• Alive (Enrique...
Answer• Max Martin, co-wrote all those famous songs.
Question 30•   John Stewart•   Ellen Degeneres•   John Stewart•   Hugh Jackman•   Alec Baldwin/X•   Y/Z•   Connect, and ID...
Answer•   Oscar Presenters•   X: Steve martin•   Y: Anne Hathway•   Z: James Franco
Question 31• The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-  profit, member supported corporation  that acts as the steward of Eclip...
Answer• SUN Microsystems, apparently because  “Eclipse” signifies the demise of the sun.
Question 32• ID the  kick, and  also the  Goalie.
Answer• Rene Higuita and the Scorpion Kick
Question 33•   At first, it was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK II (registration RNT 996H), but this    was destroyed in a cras...
Answer• Mr. Bean’s car
Question 34• Ironically, this same man once said: “All  Science is either physics or stamp collecting.”  ID.
Answer• Ernest Rutherford
Question 35• The XY is a term used to refer to popular musicians who have died at  X, often as a result of drug and alcoho...
Answer• The 27 Club
Question 36• This lady has a star on  the Hollywood Walk of  Fame, won a Primetime  Emmy Award and an  Annie Award and has...
Answer
Question 37ID the man. Funda not enough.
Answer• Felix Baumgartner
Question 38• X was officially adopted in 1995. In official  documents, X must be used always in  singular, however plural ...
Answer
Question 39Who was the first ever Asian woman to be the chair of the Debating Society at Oxford?
Answer• Benazir Bhutto
Question 40• He was said to be the best all-rounder of his day. He made his first-class  debut for Sussex in 1845 aged 18....
Answer• James Wisden
Question 41•   On October 18th 1968, X set a world record for the long jump with a    jump of 8.90 m, bettering the existi...
Answer• Bob Beamon
Question 42•   The X Puzzle is a game devised by Y in 1994 for the United States series of Y’s books. The    puzzle is an ...
• 42! The answer to life, the universe and  everything else!
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  1. 1. Numero Uno• ID the phenomena from it’s numerous definitions.• _____ is a kind of luminescence where light of a characteristic spectrum is emitted when radiation is absorbed. It is an inherent molecular property in conjugated and aromatic organic molecules and arises from the electronic structure of said molecules.• ________ is a generic term for variations in apparent brightness, color or position of a distant luminous object, normally stars, viewed through a medium (like our Earth’s atmosphere).• ____ scotoma is the most common visual aura preceding migraine and was first described in the 19th century physician Hubert Airy. Although many variations occur, ___ scotoma usually begins as a spot of flickering light near or in the center of the visual fields, which prevents vision within the scotoma. The scotoma area flickers, but is not dark. The scotoma then expands into one or more shimmering arcs of white or colored flashing lights
  2. 2. Answer• Scintillations!
  3. 3. Question 2• ______ is a spin-out from the Stanford Research Institute International Artificial Intelligence Center, and is an offshoot of the DARPA-funded CALO project.• ________ primary technical areas focus on Conversation Interface, Personal Context Awareness, and Service Delegation.• In the UK, ______ is called "Daniel“ and was voiced by a former journalist, Jon Briggs.• The Australian female voice is called "Karen" and is voiced by Karen Jacobsen, an Australian born and New York based entertainer, singer, voice over artist and songwriter.• The original ________ application relied upon a number of partners: – Eventful, StubHub, and LiveKick for events and concert information; – MovieTickets, Rotten Tomatoes, and the New York Times for movie information and reviews; – Bing Answers, Wolfram Alpha and Evi for factual question answering; – Bing, Yahoo, and Google for web search. FITB
  4. 4. Answer• SIRI
  5. 5. Question 3• ID.
  6. 6. Answer• Malala Yousufzai
  7. 7. Question 4The word _______ itself is of uncertain origin. Two possibilities are commonly proffered. It could come from a similar czech word or, it could be a blend of mazurka and polonaise. In the 1840s, the _______ craze was sweeping Britain and America. It was the latest dance craze, like the Charleston of the 1920s. In an effort to cash in on the fad, manufacturers began naming all sorts of thing _______. _______ gauze, _______ hats, _______ curtain bands and many other products with the _______ name hit the market in the 1840s. Of these, only the _______ _____ survives today.
  8. 8. Answer• Polka Dots
  9. 9. Question 5• Many nations of the Middle East and Central Asia claim _______ as their own, but it is most likely that he was Turkish. His name is spelled differently in various cultures—and often preceded or followed by titles “Mullah", "", or "Effendi".• 1996–1997 was declared International _______ Year by UNESCO. The "International ________ Festival" is held annually in Akşehir, Turkey between July 5–10.• In Arabic-speaking countries he was known as "Juha", "Djoha", "Djuha", etc. Juha was originally a separate folk character found in early Arabic literature but stories of the two became amalgamated in the 19th century when collections were translated from Arabic into Turkish and Persian.• His stories been translated to Albanian, Arab, Azeri, Bengali, Bulgarian, Greek, Chinese, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish and Urdu.
  10. 10. Answer• Nasruddin Hodja
  11. 11. Question 6• Connect. Exhaustive List.
  12. 12. Answer• They’re all US Presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize
  13. 13. Question 7• ID.
  14. 14. Answer• The McGrath Foundation
  15. 15. Question 8• The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication. Which unexpected country is the most active in censoring The Economist, censoring 31 issues between January 2009 and August 2010, compared to 25 by the Chinese government and less than 5 by the Saudi Arabian government?• For brownie points, what does the censored material depict?
  16. 16. Answer• India. The Economist displays the actual disputed boundaries of Kashmir, etc.• Actual quote from Economist:
  17. 17. Question 9The acronym X is an example of an empty acronym, or one that does not stand for anything. It was first introduced in 1926 by a non-profit organisation and currently costs $50 within the US and $81 outside of it. The X has been criticised for an apparent cultural bias, for causing stress, and for perpetrating income divides. What is X?
  18. 18. Answer• SAT
  19. 19. Question 10• The etymology of the word X can be traced back to Sanskrit , from Dravidian (Tamil compound of (narantam) and (kāy); also Telugu, Malayalam,and Kannada).• There are no commonly used English dictionary words that rhyme exactly with X. ID X.
  20. 20. Answer• Orange
  21. 21. Question 11• X is a video with 93 million+ views on Youtube and 16.6 million+ views on Vimeo. A poll suggested that more than half of young adult Americans heard about X in the days following the videos release. One of the main people featured is a young man named Jacob Acaye. X resulted in a heated debate about the techniques used in X, the message of the video and the effects of it.• ID X.
  22. 22. Answer• Kony 2012
  23. 23. Question 12• Where did this bizarre hat make its appearance? ID the wearer for brownie points.
  24. 24. Answer• Princess Beatrice, at the Royal Wedding
  25. 25. Question 13• Tim Burtons Frankenweenie opens the 2012 London Film Fest, while Mike Newells adaptation of Charles Dickens "Great Expectations" ends it.• Connect the former director to the latter film.
  26. 26. Answer• Helena Bonham Carter of Bellatrix fame, is Tim Burton’s partner and was the lead actress in Great Expectations
  27. 27. Question 14• _____________ was born in Jerusalem, but her parents moved to the US when she was three. She graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with an AB in psychology. As a student, _________ co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals. Her 1998 high school paper, "A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar", co-authored with scientists Ian Hurley and Jonathan Woodward, was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy" during her psychology studies at Harvard.• ______________ has professed an interest in foreign languages since childhood and has studied French, Japanese, German, and Arabic, in addition to English and Hebrew.• "I dont care if college ruins my career," she said in an interview to USA Today – Novemeber, 1994. "Id rather be smart than be a ___ ___." In March 2006, she was a guest lecturer at a Columbia University course in terrorism and counterterrorism about her work __ __ __.• Who is this genius, who we know for something else entirely?
  28. 28. Answer• Natalie Portman
  29. 29. Question 15• X was born in 1983 and was very close to Y. X slept in the same bedroom as Y, used Y’s toilet, ate at Y’s dining table and allegedly was even taught personally to do Y’s signature moves. X was rumoured to be the ringbearer at Elizabeth Taylor (who was Ys good friend)s wedding. X appeared in the music video for Ys song, Liberian Girl, shared a two bedroom suite with Y while the latter was on tour in Japan and drank tea with the mayor of Osaka. The relationship between X and Y caused the media to view the singer as eccentric and award him the epithet "Wacko Jacko".• ID X, Y.
  30. 30. Answer• X- Bubbles Y- Michael Jackson
  31. 31. Question 16Here are posters of two award winning films. What dubious achievement did the lead actress claim because of them? (next slide)
  32. 32. Answer• Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for Best Actress in The Blind Side and a Razzie for Worst Actress in All About Steve in the same year (2009).
  33. 33. Question 17• X Y was a pioneering American film and television producer, director, writer, and actor. As an actor, he specialized in playing supporting characters, especially gangsters or "heavies", in films such as Its a Wonderful Life (1946), To Have and Have Not(1944), Guys and Dolls(1955), and Open Secret (1948).• His trademark was his especially thick New York accent, usually delivered from the side of his mouth. He is better known today as the producer of hugely popular television series, including The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room For Daddy) (1953–64), The Andy Griffith Show (1960–68), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66), and I Spy (1965–68).• He is best known as being the namesake for two of the central characters X and Y in a popular American sitcom, as the writers of the sitcom, Lorre and Prady are fans of his work.
  34. 34. Answer
  35. 35. Question 18• The ___ jinx is an urban legend that states that individuals or teams who appear on ____ will subsequently be jinxed (suffer bad luck). The most common explanation for the perceived effect is that athletes generally appear on ____ after an outlier performance; their future performance is likely to display regression toward the mean and be less impressive by comparison. This decline in performance would then be misperceived as being related to, or even possibly caused by, the appearance on ____.• August 16, 1954: Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews is the first person to appear on ___. The Braves snapped a nine-game winning streak, and a broken hand later caused Mathews to miss seven games.• March 3, 1997: Sugar Ray Leonard appears on ____ days before his comeback fight against Hector Camacho. Leonard would lose by TKO in the 5th round, ending his career.• FITB
  36. 36. Answer• Sports Illustrated
  37. 37. Question 19• X was born in Y in 1951. His father owned a printing shop and as a boy X helped him by cleaning the rollers. It is believed that X had a bad relationship with his mother.• X is depicted as both intelligent and temperamental, he is quick to resort to violence. He doesn’t hesitate about killing, though many of his victims are in turn trying to kill him as well. X is never depicted as killing innocent people. X also shows a softer side as seen with his relations with Mercedes Cortez and Earnest Kelly.• X shows many characteristics in common with Tony Montana, a drug lord from the film Scarface. Both end up in exile, both rise to power in Miami using great amounts of violence, both build an empire from a large estate and mansion, both have short tempers and are prone to violence, both work as contract killers, and both killed their collaborators and took their ex-bosses empires. The interior of the X Estate is even modeled after Montanas mansion. However, X did not become addicted to his own narcotics and X survived the shoot out in his mansion, as opposed to Montana who was killed.• ID X.
  38. 38. Answer• Tommy Vercetti from the GTA universe
  39. 39. Question 20• Apparently the protagonist did not marry her, but sexually assaulted her instead.• Later she gave birth to twins, one of whom sucked on her finger, removing the flax which had caused her “condition” in the first place.• The woman who actually resented her and tried to kill her and her children was the protagonist’s jealous wife.• This is the unedited version of what?
  40. 40. Answer• Sleeping Beauty!
  41. 41. Question 21• X’s first ever Twitter post, sent in February 2009, reads “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010.” Id X and/or what the binary meant
  42. 42. Answer• “I’m feeling lucky” by Google. • On a side note, are any of you feeling lucky?
  43. 43. Question 22• ____(X)____’s al-Shabaab group banned ______(Y)_____ sometime ago because they felt that it was too westernized and too anti-islam.• The extremist group in fact offered no official explanation for the ban, which are commonly cooked up and served across the Horn of Africa.• They refused to relax the ban even after being warned that more than a 100,000 people might have to die of starvation.• The reason for the ban is that _____(Y)_____ resembles the holy trinity too much.
  44. 44. Answer• Somalia and Samosas!
  45. 45. Question 23• In the jargon of the media-industry, "development hell" (or "development limbo") is a period during which a film or other project is trapped in development. A film, television program, screenplay, computer program, concept, or idea stranded in development hell takes an especially long time to start production, or never does.• Which 2012 fail film holds the record for being in development hell for probably the longest time, a whopping 79 years, before finally getting made for the big screen, albeit quite badly?
  46. 46. Answer
  47. 47. Question 24• X is the latest of its kind and more than 2100 Xs were given out this year. X weighs about 375-400g and depicts the Greek goddess of victory, Nike. It also features the emblem called "metaphor for modern city". Simple. Id X.
  48. 48. Answer• Olympic Medals
  49. 49. Question 25• Which word now more associated with political parties and the advertising industry originated as a Scottish Highland war cry? This word literally means ‘army shout’ in Scottish Gaelic.
  50. 50. Answer• Slogan
  51. 51. Question 26
  52. 52. Answer• Google Doodles. The first doodle ever, and the first ever interactive doodle respectively.
  53. 53. Question 27• _________ was born as Gnanadesikan in Pannaipuram, Theni district, Tamil Nadu, on June 2, 1943. But when he joined the school his father changed his name as "Rajaiya" but his village people used to call him as "Raasayya". He studied under Dhanraj Master and the master used to call him as just “X". In his first movie Annakili, Tamil film producer Panchu Arunachalam added “Y" (which means younger in Tamil) as a prefix.• ID YX or ___________
  54. 54. Answer• Y: “Ilaiya” X: “Raja”
  55. 55. Question 28Connect:• Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize• Simi Garewal• Wycleaf jean• Eminem• Aravinda de Silva
  56. 56. Answer• They all happened on this date (October 17th)
  57. 57. Question 29Connect:• Everybody• As Long as you love me• Baby one more time• Its my life• Since U Been gone• Alive (Enrique Iglesias)• ET (Katy perry)• Last Friday Night (TGIF) (katy perry)• DJ got us falling in love (Usher)
  58. 58. Answer• Max Martin, co-wrote all those famous songs.
  59. 59. Question 30• John Stewart• Ellen Degeneres• John Stewart• Hugh Jackman• Alec Baldwin/X• Y/Z• Connect, and ID X, Y, Z.
  60. 60. Answer• Oscar Presenters• X: Steve martin• Y: Anne Hathway• Z: James Franco
  61. 61. Question 31• The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for- profit, member supported corporation that acts as the steward of Eclipse, an open source community focused on "building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle." The most well-known of the Eclipse projects is the Eclipse platform, a multilanguage software development environment and IDE.• In 2003, which company refused to join this software project due to semantic reasons?
  62. 62. Answer• SUN Microsystems, apparently because “Eclipse” signifies the demise of the sun.
  63. 63. Question 32• ID the kick, and also the Goalie.
  64. 64. Answer• Rene Higuita and the Scorpion Kick
  65. 65. Question 33• At first, it was an orange 1969 BMC Mini MK II (registration RNT 996H), but this was destroyed in a crash. Following this, the car was a 1976 – 1980 model (registration SLW 287R), Austin Citroen Green in colour with a satin black bonnet.• The Mini also had a number of innovative security measures. For example, ________ used a bolt-latch and padlock, rather than the lock fitted to the car, and removes the steering wheel instead of the key. These formed a running joke in several episodes, at one point deterring a car thief.• In some episodes _______ has a long-running feud with the unseen driver of a light blue Reliant Regal Supervan III (registration GRA 26K), which will usually get turned over, crashed out of its parking space and so forth by __________. This conflict originated in the first episode, when the Reliants driver held the Mini up on the way to an examination, and subsequently became another running joke throughout the series.• FITB.
  66. 66. Answer• Mr. Bean’s car
  67. 67. Question 34• Ironically, this same man once said: “All Science is either physics or stamp collecting.” ID.
  68. 68. Answer• Ernest Rutherford
  69. 69. Question 35• The XY is a term used to refer to popular musicians who have died at X, often as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse all died at X, giving rise to the idea that premature deaths at this age are unusually common.• XY has been repeatedly cited in music magazines, journals and the daily press. Several exhibitions have devoted to XY; distributed merchandising products, novels, films and stage plays captured this topic.• However, a study published in the British Medical Journal in December 2011 concluded that there was no increase in the risk of death for musicians at X. Although the sampled musicians faced an increased risk of death in their early adulthood, this was not limited to X.
  70. 70. Answer• The 27 Club
  71. 71. Question 36• This lady has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won a Primetime Emmy Award and an Annie Award and has been active in showbiz for more than 30 years. In 2000, she published her autobiography, My Life as a __-____ ___ ____. Who is she?
  72. 72. Answer
  73. 73. Question 37ID the man. Funda not enough.
  74. 74. Answer• Felix Baumgartner
  75. 75. Question 38• X was officially adopted in 1995. In official documents, X must be used always in singular, however plural declensions are often used otherwise. Y, the symbol for X, was designed after a public survey had narrowed the original ten proposals down to two. Y was designed in such a way that it symbolized the stability of X. Identify X, Y.
  76. 76. Answer
  77. 77. Question 39Who was the first ever Asian woman to be the chair of the Debating Society at Oxford?
  78. 78. Answer• Benazir Bhutto
  79. 79. Question 40• He was said to be the best all-rounder of his day. He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 1845 aged 18.Initially a fast round-arm bowler, his pace slowed in later years.• While bowling fast, he took on average nearly 10 wickets in every game. In 1850, playing for the South against the North at Lords, he took all 10 wickets in the second innings, and in fact, this is the only instance of all 10 batsmen being bowled out.• In all, he took 1109 first class wickets, with a bowling average of 10.32. A fine batsman, he scored 4,140 runs with a batting average of 14.12 which was very good for his era. He scored only two centuries however. One in 1849 and the other in 1855. ID this famous cricketer.
  80. 80. Answer• James Wisden
  81. 81. Question 41• On October 18th 1968, X set a world record for the long jump with a jump of 8.90 m, bettering the existing record by 55 cm. When the announcer called out the distance for the jump, X– unfamiliar with metric measurements – still did not realize what he had done.• When he realized he had broken the world record by nearly 2 feet, an overwhelmed X collapsed from the shock, his body unable to support itself, placing his hands over his face. In one of the more enduring images of the Games, his competitors then helped him to his feet.• In sports jargon, a new adjective – X-esque – came into use to describe spectacular feats. Prior to X’s jump, the world record had been broken thirteen times, with an average increase of 6 cm and the largest increase being 15 cm. Xs world record stood for 23 years, making it the second longest held world record ever.• ID X.
  82. 82. Answer• Bob Beamon
  83. 83. Question 42• The X Puzzle is a game devised by Y in 1994 for the United States series of Y’s books. The puzzle is an illustration consisting of X multi-coloured balls, in columns and rows.• Y has said,“Everybody was looking for hidden meanings and puzzles and significances in what I had written (like is it significant that 6×9 = X in base 13?. As if.) So I thought that just for a change I would actually construct a puzzle and see how many people solved it. Of course, nobody paid it any attention. I think thats terribly significant.”• In the puzzle the question is unknown, but the answer is already known to be X. This is similar to the book where the answer to the ultimate, metaphysical question on life and the Universe is known but not the question.• The puzzle first appeared in The Illustrated version of Y’s iconic book. It was later incorporated into the covers of all five reprinted novels in the United States.• ID X, Y.
  84. 84. • 42! The answer to life, the universe and everything else!

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